We had a good time at Come See Me again this year. The Sundaes with Glen and Glenda was held indoors at Oakland Baptist due to the weather, but the kids didn't mind one bit (especially when they found their Paw Patrol friends).
Maggie got invited to Claudia's birthday party at Superior Play Systems and got to hang out with a bunch of her classmates.
For Riley's birthday, I managed to make a silly face out of some breakfast ingredients and then send Riley off to school with some donut holes to give out to his classmates. Since it was a Friday, we had our usual QCP playdate (this time at Alice's house since it was also LilliJane's birthday). We ended the day going to Culver's with Grandmama and Papa so Riley could have his favorite meal-cheeseburger and fries (plus a shake for dessert).
I felt like a queen for Mother's Day. My family spoiled me with special gifts and cards and I even got to pick our dinner destination. I had been craving crepes, so we checked out the The Original Pancake House.
Chris and I took advantage of Nan and Pap being in town and redeemed one of our Date Night activities to go uptown Charlotte for a Murder Mystery Dinner. Little did we know that Chris would end up being one of the main characters (aka suspects), Jeeves, the butler. It was really a great time!
I can't believe how fast our little darlings are growing and changing! Looking at these pics all in a row makes me so nostalgic. This year, the birthday themes were Paw Patrol and Pokemon. Our house was filled to the brim Memorial Day weekend and we're so thankful we had good weather so we could spread out outside for some fun in the sun! Looking forward to what ages 7 and 5 have in store for us! Happy birthday my darlings!
I love that Riley wants to be a paleontologist when he grows up and Maggie wants to be an artist. Riley loves games like Pokemon and Minecraft and Maggie loves stuffed animals like Puppers and Flipazoo.
Chris was so sweet and on my last day teaching at Sunset Park he had flowers and a bottle of Prosecco waiting for me. He knew it had been one of my hardest years ever and it was a huge relief to be done. One week later, I got to kick back with my CSTALCK girls and head to Helen, Georgia for some rafting, wine tasting, and motorcycle club chatting.
This summer we tried a few new things like some Judo lessons that we received really cheap at an auction. The kids enjoyed it, but not quite enough to make it a regular thing.
This summer we had time to fit in museum trips to see the Carolina Raptor center, taste flavored McAlister's tea on Free Tea Day, and even tackle quite a few home projects like painting over our black coffee table and tiling the top.
We ended our beach time by heading to Wonder Works at Broadway at the Beach. This crazy upside-down building place is where Riley got to go on a 360 degree bike (he wasn't a big fan at all), Maggie fearlessly scaled a ropes course with the rest of us, Chris laid on a bed of nails, and I might have come in last in Laser Tag. And the best deal is that teachers got in for free. Yay us!
I have neglected to mention that while we were away at the beach, we put our house on the market. Chris worked extremely hard making repairs and renovations (like putting in a new bathroom floor) the week before we left. I pitched in and helped paint the bathroom, stain the deck, and organize and stage our rooms. It was exhausting and we are so thankful that the kids had a VBS type camp to go to each day from 9 to 12 so that we could try and not only fit in work around the house, but meet with our realtor, Melissa, to try and check out new homes. We put our house on the market on Friday, July 14th and we had our first showing at 11 AM Saturday, July 15th. We had only 2 other showings while we were at the beach, but on Monday the person who saw our house left feedback to expect an offer the next day. True to their word, while Chris and I were out enjoying a date night at New South to partake in Charlotte Restaurant Week, we got the call about the offer. Before the night was over, we they had accepted our counter. We made an offer on our top house located in Shiland Hills the next day and we close on both homes on Tuesday, September 12th. This wasn't quite what I had planned for the ending to our summer, but Chris saw how hot the market was and wanted to take advantage of the low interest rates and the equity that we have in our house to go ahead and move forward with our forever home. I'm certainly excited about this new adventure even though it's a little overwhelming thinking about packing everything up in less than 36 days.
Maggie lost her second tooth this past Monday and she decided to ask for a little extra this time instead of just some glittery money. The tooth fairy obliged with her request and she was quite thrilled when she woke up at 6:30 (the gal has been sleeping until 8 every other day)!